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Complexity, finance, and progress in human geography
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2009 (English)In: Progress in Human Geography, ISSN 0309-1325, E-ISSN 1477-0288, Vol. 33, no 6, 807-824 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reviews recent commentary on and interpretations of the ongoing financial 'crisis' unfolding in many western economies. It finds that a central theme of these readings is the twofold argument that modern finance is too complex, and that this complexity is responsible for the crisis. The paper, inspired both by the economist John Galbraith and by the geographer David Harvey, argues against this widespread ascription and scapegoating of complexity. It does so as part of a wider argument that progress in human geography can be fostered through demystification of modern money and finance.

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2009. Vol. 33, no 6, 807-824 p.
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Complexity, Crisis, Finance, Money, Understanding
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-119962DOI: 10.1177/0309132509336508ISI: 000271746500006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-119962DiVA: diva2:301993
Available from: 2010-03-04 Created: 2010-03-04 Last updated: 2012-01-10Bibliographically approved

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